"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."

Matthew 6:34


By now you all have read or heard that I am retiring. These two months we have left together I hope to remind you at great length not to worry, God does and will provide and you need to have faith in that. While you put together church profiles and wait for God to send you candidates or options, I have just a couple of things I would share and encourage you to do.


The first thing is to remember that God in Jesus through the Holy Spirit teaches us important lessons while we wait. It is important to grow in peace and love in many different ways. God is active while we grow - just as our children grew and learned as they went, so do adults as they believe.


The second thing is not to blame others for any struggles our churches may go through while you wait for new leadership to present itself. The reality is this: fewer people go into ministry as a profession. If you think about that, when was the last time either of our congregations encouraged one of our own to think about being a pastor?


Along with that, I feel compelled to ask you not to get cynical about the process. The Bishop and his staff are your allies - and keep in mind that our Bishop is new as well. He will need your prayers. You may get a pastor quickly - you may not. But don't waste that time in unbelief - God is most certainly with you.


The phrase "do not be afraid" is written 365 times in the bible. There's a reason for that. Take care of today while it is here, tomorrow will come soon enough, and it will truly take care of itself. Focus on each day as it comes.


Those are the words of Jesus.




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